Thanks to Angus Bell who pointed us to this fascinating 1999 article from the Journal of Sports History – “Canadians Declare ‘It Isn’t Cricket’: A Century of Rejection of the Imperial Game, 1860-1960″ by David Cooper. Cooper introduces the subject as follows:-
The globalization of sports raises many questions about why certain games become popular in one [...]
By Andrew Alderson
New Zealand Cricket’s commercial venture to tap into the North American market is about to take its first practical step. An international premier league, similar to the Indian Premier League, is targeted to launch in June or July.
Organised by Cricket Holdings America (a company with the United States governing body and NZC as shareholders), the league is targeting six teams of Twenty20 players based around the cities of Fort Lauderdale (where New Zealand played Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka in May last year), Toronto, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia as potential hosts. No firm dates are set but June seems the most practical.
Continue reading Bold venture targets US (NZ Herald)
By Peter Della Penna
Atul Ahuja, the 44-year-old former CEO of Cricket Canada, has thrown his hat into the ring of candidates to become the next president of the USA Cricket Association. Ahuja first broke the news earlier this month in a series of emails to cricket stakeholders and says he is different from other candidates because [...]
A fantastic awards Banquet hosted by Markham Toronto Cricket League (MTCL) concluded the 2011 cricket season. The event had memorable moments, dances, acknowledgements, and of course the numerous trophies and awards for the players. Of the many awards, CTYA presented awards for 2010′s and 2011′s Tamileelam Cricket Challenge Cup.
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With the Canadian cricket world comparatively quiet the following article on cricket bat making by Canada Cricket On-line’s long time correspondent Eddie Norfolk may be of interest (and yes there is Canadian content…)
Trip willow, trip willow, trip willow………Growing willow for cricket bats
The words “On a tree by a river a little tom tit sang “willow, tit willow, tit willow” come in one of the solos in the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta “The Mikado”. Willow is a crucial part of the wood used in making cricket bats and in the autumn – or fall as it is know in North America – of 2006, I visited the site of J.S. Wright & Sons Ltd in Great Leighs, Essex to gain some insight into the growth and production of willow for cricket bat blades.
Somewhere in my home, there will be the specific notes from the trip around the sheds where the felled willow is stored and processed. Felled trees are cross-cut, cleaved (split from the trunk into separate pieces), sawn into a rough bat blade shape, waxed and dried and then graded before being sent to cricket bat manufacturers.
Continue reading Cricket bat willows
By RON FANFAIR
A 17-member national cricket squad leaves here on November 19 for a six-week training camp in Hyderabad, India.
The Canadians will play 10 matches, the majority in the game’s shortest version, and undergo a rigorous fitness regimen at the Hyderabad Cricket Academy of Excellence in preparation for next year’s Caribbean Twenty/20 tournament and next March’s International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty/20 World Cup qualifier in the United Arab Emirates.
“The guys will have access to the centre which has all the modern amenities that most high performances facilities have,” said Cricket Canada’s first vice-president, Ravin Moorthy. “Our new coach (Michael Dighton) will relish that and the opportunity to get in some quality work in a cricket environment in warm weather.”
Continue reading Canadian cricketers to train in India for six weeks (Share)
The Ottawa Valley Cricket Council (OVCC) held its Annual General Meeting in Ottawa on Saturday November 12, 2011 to elect its executive for 2012. The following were elected to the respective positions:
Canadian teenager Naeem Bardai is loving life on Australian turf.
Bardai, who turns 19 next month, has joined Hamilton-Wickham as part of a cricketing holiday in Australia during a year off between high school and college studies.
The wicketkeeper-batsman is playing his second top-grade match for Hamwicks, against Newcastle City, and took the gloves for the first time on Saturday, filling in for Mitchell Ray.
Although he is yet to make his mark with the bat, Bardai has shown Hamwicks enough to get a shot in firsts.
Not a bad effort for someone who had not played on a turf wicket before coming to Australia.
Continue reading Canadian teenager plays in Australia (Newcastle Herald)
On November 11, our thoughts turn to those who died fighting for their country in war. To commemorate Remembrance Day, the names of ninety Canadian cricketers who died in World War 1 are listed below. This compilation is far from complete, and derived from a fairly brief on-line search of Wisden obituaries. The list is depressingly long, however. Many of these men were perhaps not particularly distinguished cricketers- Wisden during the way years had no cricket to report, and its pages are filled with a long list of those killed in the war were associated with cricket in any way. Thus many of these listed were schoolboy cricketers. Upper Canada College alone provides a sad XI of names – Burden, Burrow, Clarkson, Curry, Drummond, Johnson, Maclean, Shanley, Stinson and Tuck. Most were in their twenties, but Private Samuel Grimshaw (Yorkshire C.C. and S. Edmund’s C.C. of Toronto) died of wounds aged 63- after lying about his age in order to join up. They come from all over Canada – although several prominent Newfoundland cricketers who died in the war appear to have not made Wisden’s lists, nearly every other province is represented.
As mentioned above this list is far from complete, but provides a stark picture of the impact of the Great War on Canada, and its cricketers. We honour these men and all others who died in the service of their countries.
Continue reading Lest we forget
Leslie Soobrian, President, Cricket Council of Ontario, after having been appointed returning officer by the members present, conducted the elections for the newly formed association. Positions of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Public Relations Officer and Secretary were filled by acclamation. “This marks the beginning of a new era, in the eastern Ontario as CCO spreads its activities for growth of Cricket in Ontario”, commented Soobrian after the meeting.
Continue reading Eastern Ontario Cricket Association takes shape in Belleville, Ontario